Gran Bretagna Hotel Riccione
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... the people of the Island.
Anyway, back to the mainland, and it was time to head towards the Peloponnese. To get to the Peloponnese, you have to cross the Corinth Canal, which was built in 1800s and sent several companies broke, and because it is so unbelievably narrow, these days it can only be used by tourist cruise boats, whereas it was built to provide a shipping channel between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. We also spent an afternoon ...
... see the atractions of a holiday, or even a residence, here.
After a pleasant breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, some ham and cheese, washed down with the usual orange juice and coffee, we set off for the ducal palace, which is the dominant building of the town. A huge palatial structure dating to the early 14th century when the Duke of Montepelfre was the man in charge of this region of Italy. It is also ...
... Raphael was born. Other than that Joy had an idea of only 4 paintings held in this gallery.
The Ducal Palace is an impressive building near the top of one of the hills in Urbino and was closed for the New Year celebrations, so we set off hoping it was going to be opened today, but not really being sure. As we rounded the corner of the buildings we realised the door was open.....so today's itinerary was possible.
There is an €8 entry ...
... were closed for the day, or opened late, but we did see the cathedral, it's oratorio and the civic museum, where Joy was delighted to find a fresco by Reni. After a break for coffee and croissant we walked up the long steep slope of the Via Veneto to reach a fantastic view point in the Piazza Roma, overlooking the surrounding snow covered hills, and the town spread below. There is a 14th century fortress here too, but sadly it was closed for the ...
... con lenticchie
Cinghiale stufato in terracotta
Patate al forno
"Fructus" Dossi Conero DOC cantina Conte Leopardi
Vino Spumante Brut Offida Passerine DOC cantina Colli Ripani
Sounded good and was only €45 each, not bad for new years Eve. The meal started at 9.30 pm and ...